Football Caps are caps awarded for every international match they play apart from World Cup or the European Championship finals. For those tournaments a single cap is awarded for the competition, with the names of all their opponents stitched into the fabric of the cap itself.
There is a distinction when playing for club or country – playing for your club is called an ‘appearance,’ but when representing your country, it’s called a ‘cap’. This is due to the Football Cap being awarded.
FIFA recognises certain international games as ones where a player can be awarded a cap – these games are regarded as International ‘A’ games. These are matches in which both nations field their first Representative Team.
Football Caps were used in the early days as a form of identification, with each team using a different colour or style.
Famous Football Cap wearers
- Bobby Charlton